Sending Mail to Inmates in New Mexico
Offenders incarcerated in New Mexico can receive an unlimited amount of personal mail, but are limited in the number of mail they can have in their possession/cell at a time. If an inmate no longer has the space/room for mail, they will need to either throw some old mail away or send letters home to keep them. All mail incoming and outgoing is opened and inspected for contraband. Most inmates are provided a small amount of postage free of charge, this is based on security level and the amount of money the offender has in their account.
Inmates in New Mexico prisons can also receive photos no larger than 4"x6". Photos must not be instant or Polaroid as these pose a security risk. Images may not contain nudity, or depict any gang relation (such as hand gestures and tattoos), or be of staff members, witnesses, relate to a crime or put the security, order, and safety of the prison at risk.
When you address mail to an inmate you need to use their full committed name and New Mexico Correctional ID number (known as NMCD for short), format the address as follows:
Inmate Name, ID Number, Housing (if known)
PO Box or Street address
City, State, Zip Code
Inmates are also allowed to receive Holiday packages from an approved vendor. In order to send a Holiday package you must be on the inmate's approved visitation list. Packages must be postmarked between December 1st and December 31 of the current year and cannot exceed $70 in value. Offenders are allowed to receive two packages each year. For more information read our guide on sending Holiday packages.
How to Send Books and Magazines to Inmates in New Mexico
Friends and family members of inmates in New Mexico may also order books, magazines and newspapers from Amazon.com and have them shipped directly to the inmate's mailing address. All books must be paperback and new. Magazines, newspapers and books cannot contain nudity, pornography, or describe how to manufacture alcohol, drugs, or weapons. Include the inmate's name and New Mexico Department of Corrections identification Number in the send to address. An inmate must also not exceed the allowable number of publications allowed in their possession or they will be returned. If you want to learn more about sending these items to an inmate read about it here.
Sending Money to Inmates in New Mexico
Inmates can also receive money from friends and family members who are on their approved visitation list. These funds should be sent in the form of a United States Postal Money Order made payable to the inmate's name and ID number. Mail the completed money order to the inmate or the facility the inmate is located in, and it will be deposited into their account. Inmates will receive a receipt for the deposit.
For more information on sending funds to an inmate, read our guide here.
New Mexico Inmate Phone Calls
Male inmates are required to purchase phone cards or phone minutes from the commissary, they are no longer allowed to make collect calls. A domestic phone call is $0.65 for each minute and limited to twenty minutes in duration. International calls are $5 per call and limited to twenty minutes in duration. Friends and family members may also purchase minutes through Securus Correctional Billing Services.
The phone service provider for New Mexico is Securus. You can setup an account over the phone by calling 1-800-844-6591 or by visiting their website at securustech.net.
Securus will charge you a fee for each call, plus a rate per minute. You may be able to drastically reduce your inmate phone bill by setting up your account with a number local to the facility. Learn more about how you can save money on your inmate phone calls.